fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē, fi-ˈnä- \

Definition of finale

: the close or termination of something: such as
a : the last section of an instrumental musical composition the symphony's finale
b : the closing part, scene, or number in a public performance the finale of the ballet In the finale, the singer sang an Italian classic.
c : the last and often climactic event or item in a sequence the TV show's season finale

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Examples of finale in a Sentence

She sung a very difficult song for the finale. the finale to the festivities was a grand display of fireworks

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As of this moment, eight NFL coaches are out the door—six of them at season’s end, two of them before the finale. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Fearless NFL Playoff Preview: Who the Heck Knows?," 2 Jan. 2019 After the finale, a massive disco ball dropped from the ceiling and about 10 food carts were rolled out for the after-party. Vogue, "Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Shows of the Year," 28 Dec. 2018 Filming on the second season wrapped in late 2018, and now BBCA has released the first glimpses of what's next for the characters following the dramatic season finale. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Killing Eve: Everything We Know So Far About Season 2," 24 Dec. 2018 Harlow even led the finale walk at the end of the show. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Shalom Harlow Dancing On Set Reminds Us Why She's A Real Supermodel," 18 Dec. 2018 Viewers on social media, including a Minnesota congressman, joined in on the conversation about the shocking finale. Fox News, "Most shocking 'Bachelor' finale ever? Fans, GOP state representative weigh in on Arie," 2 Oct. 2018 Watch the finale of Flip or Flop Season 7 on Thursday, September 6 at 9pm ET HGTV. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Christina And Tarek El Moussa Will Film Season 8 Of Flip Or Flop," 9 Aug. 2018 One or both of the teams could enter the regular-season finale looking for the sixth win needed for bowl eligibility. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Louisville in 2018," 13 July 2018 And Midge's one-night-only proposal in the finale certainly isn't helping him get over her. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Season Two Finale Left Us with Some Questions," 15 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of finale

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finale

borrowed from Italian, noun derivative of finale, adjective, "last, final entry 1," going back to Latin fīnālis

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English Language Learners Definition of finale

: the last part of something (such as a musical performance, play, etc.)


fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē \

Kids Definition of finale

: the close or end of something (as a musical work)

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